The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), Office of the Ranking Member, seeks a health policy intern for the Summer of 2019 (Late May/Early June – Late August). The positions offer the successful candidate the opportunity to gain substantive experience in a Senate office while participating directly in the legislative process. Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to: assisting Committee staff in performing office duties, conducting research, analyzing legislation, drafting memorandums, and assisting in organizing hearings. Interns play a key role in the office and will work closely with senior policy advisors.
The HELP Committee works on a wide range of issues in the areas of health, education, labor, workforce, pensions, and oversight.
Applicants should have (i) an interest in public policy and (ii) a desire to learn. They also must have good attention to detail, work well under pressure, be self-motivated, and possess excellent written and oral communication skills.
Health Policy Interns should have interest and experience in health-related matters, including but not limited to: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, Health Information Technology, Medicare/Medicaid, the National Institutes of Health, the Affordable Care Act, Women’s Health, Mental Health, Children’s Health, health equity/disparities, health workforce, and/or public health.
Washington state ties are preferred but not required.
The office is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, gender, identity or sexual orientation.
Note: Finalists may be asked to submit additional materials.
2019 Intern Reflection
I've found my experience working on the HELP Committee to be equal parts substantive and enjoyable. This summer has given me the invaluable opportunity to learn about many different facets of health policy. Most days as a HELP intern are dynamic and unpredictable. Generally, my day-to-day work entails a variety of tasks, such as conducting research, analyzing legislation, preparing memorandums, and assisting Committee staff in performing general office duties. In addition, most weeks consist of intern brown bags, during which staffers speak to interns about their work in an informal setting. This allows for valuable networking and mentorship opportunities, which I've found to be a crucial aspect of working on the Hill. Throughout the last few weeks, I've gotten to attend hearings and briefings on topics such as the opioid crisis, patent reform, and migrant health on the border. Furthermore, it has been greatly rewarding to work on a team with passionate and driven individuals working towards a common goal of improving access to health care.
Reem Omer '20
2018 Intern Reflection
This summer I have the opportunity to work as the health policy intern for the U.S Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. During my initial weeks working for Team Health, I’ve learned and observed the internal processes a committee must undergo in order to create, revisit, and pass a bill. Within the last four weeks, I’ve gotten to learn more about the current Opioid Crisis, Medicaid, and issues regarding Maternal Mortality. As I am currently pursuing a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy, I’m excited to expand my knowledge of health care disparities and develop the necessary skills for policy work.
In addition to learning how to appropriately tend to daily office duties (answering constituent phone calls, obtaining office mail, acquiring signatures, etc.), I am responsible for attending assigned briefings and hearings. These are great opportunities to see the Senators of the committee address domestic health care issues, in addition to listening to constituents share developments (and issues) surrounding public health. As an intern, not only do I get to sit in on these discussions, but I additionally learn how to properly relay the (important!) information to the rest of Team Health in the form of memos.
Overall, my experience has enabled me to get a better look into the realities of health care policy - of which, I had no prior exposure to. It’s incredible to see how all members of the committee - and their respective roles - intertwine to meet a common goal. Although my time on the hill had been overwhelming at first, Team Health and the rest of my intern class continues to make my experience as engaging (and fun!) as possible. Between writing memos and watching the World Cup with those in the office, working on the Hill has made it even more clear how crucial it is that we - as citizens - have a role to address disparities and recognize our ability to fight for the right to affordable and accessible health care.
Makeda Daniel ‘19